Thailand shooting: Angry Soldier kills 20 in gun rampage

Thailand shooting: Angry Soldier killed by security forces after killing 29 People

In Thailand a soldier has killed 29 people and injured many in a gun rampage in the Thai city of Nakhon Ratchasima.

The soldier identified as Jakraphanth Thomma, a junior officer, killed his commanding officer then steals weapons from a military camp, a defence spokesman revealed to BBC Thai.

The soldier then drove and entered a shopping complex in the city centre where he is said to be holed up.

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The Terminal 21 shopping centre in Nakhon Ratchasima, known as Korat, have being sealed off by authority in attempt to track down the suspect.

Defence ministry spokesman Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich said hundreds of people had been brought out of the complex safely, but there could be dozens still in the building.

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A tweet from security forces said the ground floor had now been cleared.

The Bangkok Post reported earlier that the suspect, who it said was 32 years old, had taken hostages, but this has not been officially confirmed.

Security forces evacuate people from the shopping complex

The suspect’s mother has been brought to the shopping centre to try to persuade him to give himself up.

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Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul had earlier confirmed that 16 people had died at the scene of the shootings, with another four dying later in hospital. A total of 31 people have been injured, with 10 of them in a critical condition. But there are fears the numbers could rise.

Officials have now confirmed the soldier dead and says he was angry over a land deal.

His death brought an end to an hours-long stand-off at the centre, during which automatic gunfire was heard and one security officer died, with two others wounded.

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